Fall sports are going to look a bit different this year in Tennessee.
But so far, there aren't any changes scheduled for cross country.
Yesterday, the Governor's office extended Tennessee'sCOVID-19 State of Emergencyuntil August 29, 2020. The Governor's prior order (No. 38) includes limitations and restrictions on contact sporting events and activities.
We are working with the Governor's office to ensure that our member schools are in compliance with the executive order in regards to athletic participation and contact sports.
While the Governor's order is in place, member schools cannot have any competition or scrimmage with other schools and cannot have close contact activities during their fundamental practice in the sports of football, 7-on-7 football, girls soccer, wrestling and basketball.
Based on the extension of the Governor's order, football and girls' soccer cannot begin their seasons as originally scheduled. We are in the process of developing regular season and postseason options to present to the TSSAA Board of Control for their consideration. The Board will ultimately make the decision as to how this will impact the postseason and if any adjustments can be made to regular season competition.
There's no mention of cross country practices over the summer or how the meet calendar could change.
The TSSAA does have a board of controls meeting set for Wednesday morning.
Yesterday, Governor Lee announced that his extended executive order will limit sports with close contact until after August 29. It also limits social and recreational gatherings of 50 or more people, unless adequate social distancing can be maintained.
We'll keep you updated as more specific news comes out regarding the cross country season.
We're still waiting for official word on what the season could look like.